Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Theology (Th.M)


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Shawn Colberg

Second Advisor

Kristin Colberg


This thesis explores the imagery of nakedness and clothing as found in the spiritual writings of St. John of the Cross, ultimately arguing that these themes offer an interpretative lens through which to view the spiritual life – and the cross of Jesus Christ – in a way that complements John’s description of the dark night of the soul. To that end, this thesis offers a brief historical survey of the significance of nakedness and clothing in Christian theological and liturgical tradition, an exegetical analysis of nakedness and clothing as found in John’s corpus, and a concluding section on the state of contemporary theological reflection on the meaning of nakedness and clothing and its relevance for people today.



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